Thursday, 28 January 2016

In Recovery!

I'm still recovering from the flu but I'll be back soon.

Thanks for your understanding!  X

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Dr Mofin "The Psychologist" Goes Ballistic On OAP Gbemi

The internet was on fire yesterday with the "ranting" of two socialite brothers- Joro and Dokun Olumofin.

I was down with the flu and could not even post anything on my blog but I was glued to my phone, reading all the comments on several websites including the brothers' Instagram pages.

And it was only this evening that I realized that I can add my "two kobo opinion"-- I repeat my opinion because it is how I feel and you may not agree with me.

The picture above is just a drop in the ocean of vile things the brothers said about Gbemi. Many have hailed them and said Gbemi deserves what she got but I beg to differ.

Joro Olumofin

Gbemi may be rude and arrogant as many have said and got more than she bargained for but as a health professional, a PSYCHOLOGIST for that matter, Joro took it too far.

In addition, "Dr. Mofin" as he's popularly known, has behaved and spoken most unprofessionally. It's one thing to say nasty things in private but to behave this way in public is totally WRONG!

Doctor indeed!

Monday, 25 January 2016

Leprosy Cases Increasing In Nigeria

Nigeria’s Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole has expressed worry over the rising number of leprosy cases‎ in the country. 

Over the weekend, at the World Leprosy Day briefing (organised by The Leprosy Mission, Nigeria), he said the country has detected 2, 984 victims since the last count in 2014.

The World Leprosy day is marked on the last sunday of January each year and the theme for 2016 is “Zero Disability in Children Affected By Leprosy.”

Prof. Adewole was represented by the Director for Family Health, Dr. Balami Wapada, who called for concerted response from all stakeholders, whilst also condemning the stigmatisation of persons living with the disease.

The national director of TLM, Dr Moses Onoh, said the Mission is out to create awareness about the disease so that people can understand its signs, symptoms, prevention as well as treatment, based on the standard of the World Health Organisation, WHO.

The climax of the event was the official unveiling of the national goodwill ambassador for leprosy, Chief Chika Okpala (famously known as Chief Zebrudaya).

Key Facts
  • Leprosy is a chronic disease caused by a slow multiplying bacillus, Mycobacterium leprae.
  • M. leprae multiplies slowly and the incubation period of the disease is about 5 years. Symptoms can take as long as 20 years to appear.
  • Leprosy is curable.
  • Although not highly infectious, it is transmitted via droplets, from the nose and mouth, during close and frequent contacts with untreated cases.
  • Early diagnosis and treatment with multidrug therapy (MDT) remain key in eliminating the disease as a public health concern
  • Untreated, leprosy can cause progressive and permanent damage to the skin, nerves, limbs and eyes.
Source - WHO

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Oral Sex Raises Risk of Throat Cancer

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones
Oral sex dramatically increases the risk of head and neck cancers according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Oncology.

Previously, the disease was thought to affect smokers and heavy drinkers in later life. But over recent years, as cases have been rising, it has been linked with the common human papillomavirus (HPV).

The new study follows a previous study in The New England Journal of Medicine which showed that those infected with HPV were 32 times more likely to develop oral or throat cancers.

Also, in 2013, Michael Douglas (husband to Catherine Zeta Jones)  revealed that his stage 4 throat cancer was the result of an HPV infection that he got from oral sex and not from smoking.

Dr No-Hee Park, a leading expert in head and neck cancers at UCLA, in a previous study, showed that the mouth, vagina and cervix have the same type of epithelial cells that are targets of HPV 16 and HPV 18. Dr Park's study also showed that smoking and drinking alcohol help promote HPV invasion.

While  HPV does not directly trigger cancer, it causes changes in the cells it has infected (for example, in the throat or cervix), and these cells can then become cancerous.

Finally, men are twice as likely to get oropharyngeal cancer as women because performing cunnilingus is more risky than fellatio.

N.B.There is a vaccine to prevent HPV infection and it is readily available in many hospitals in Nigeria.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

How Pregnant Women From Africa Pack Maternal Kits

Photo Credit- Daily Mail
Every expectant mother packs a bag of essentials to take with her when she gives birth, in order to help things run more smoothly.

But these seven women - profiled by WaterAid - from around the world prove the notion of 'essential' varies enormously depending on where they live.  

According to WaterAid, in Africa, such essentials include a razor to cut the umbilical cord and a sheet of black plastic sheet to give birth on; while in London or New York, it's more about massage oils and iPads. 

N.B- From my experience,  the razor is used to shave the woman's pubic hair and not to cut the umbilicus. But still the difference is clear.

Superbugs destroyed by new antibiotic from breast milk

In what can be termed a ground-breaking breakthrough, British scientists have developed an antibiotic from breast milk capable of destroying drug-resistant bacteria a.k.a superbugs.

The researchers found that a fragment of a protein (lactoferrin) found in breast milk can effectively kill bacteria, fungi and even viruses on contact. 

After identifying the fragment, the researchers re-engineered it into a virus-like capsule that can recognise and target specific bacteria and damage them on contact, but without affecting any surrounding human cells.

Researchers at the National Physical Laboratory in south-west London say the drug could also be used to treat genetic diseases, such as sickle cell anaemia.

Parents Arrested After Son Gets Stuck In Toilet

Two Ohio parents have been arrested after the toddler they left at home alone became stuck in a toilet.

Rashaan Cuffee and Justice Chance, both 20, were charged with child endangerment after their Canton neighbors heard the 20-month-old crying for more than 30 minutes.

The abandoned boy had used the toilet before falling into his porcelain problem, according to Inde Online.

Police say Chance told them her sister was supposed to be babysitting the child, but believe that the mother left him alone to go shopping because she was carrying bags from Walmart when she returned.

Officers say they also found three marijuana plants in a cupboard at the home, leading to illegal cultivation charges against the couple.

The Stark County Department of Job & Family Services took temporary custody of the child while Cuffee and Chance remain in jail on $25,250 and $26,000 bail respectively.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Rivers State Doctor Shot By Gunmen In The Hospital

A medical doctor was shot at midnight, Jan. 20, 2016 in his consulting room, by gunmen suspected to be kidnappers in Rivers state.

The assailants disguised as patients at the D-Line axis of Port Harcourt, knocked on the door of the consulting room where the doctor was attending to another patient.

Immediately the doctor opened the door, they pointed the gun at him, apparently to kidnap him. But in the ensuing struggle the doctor was shot in the abdomen and the gunmen bolted.

This incident happened on the heels of Thursday’s release of two doctors who were kidnapped recently in Port Harcourt.

The two doctors: Dr Isaac Opurum and Dr. Ibifubara Apriokor, were kidnapped in separate incidents in Port Harcourt.

Spokesman of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, in Rivers state, Dr. Ibiso Bruce confirmed the freedom of both doctors but did not say if a ransom was paid to secure the release of the doctors.

The injured doctor is currently receiving treatment for the gunshot injury.


Psychiatrist Sacked For Telling Patient to Get Help From TB Joshua

A NHS psychiatrist, Dr Julius Awakame, 50, is in serious trouble for advising a patient to get help from Prophet T.B. Joshua's TV channel because she might be possessed by demonic 'special forces'.

Awakwame recorded medical notes diagnosing the woman as having a history of 'satanic ritual abuse' and said her issues could not be addressed by regular treatment.

The woman - known as Patient A - claimed Awakame also told her to get 'nice holy water' before 'switching off' during the consultation at a health centre in Harwich, Essex.

When community psychiatric nurse Martin Rowe later quizzed Awkame whether she she was possessed, the medic replied: 'She may well be' and claimed she had been thrown out of her local church due to her condition.

The doctor's employment with the North Essex Partnership Foundation Trust was terminated the following month.

Awkame - who has since returned to his native Ghana - faced being struck off after he was found guilty in his absence at a medical tribunal of a number of misconduct charges.

The consultation took place on January 23, 2014 when Awakame was treating the vulnerable woman as an outpatient.

The hearing, in Manchester, was told he was made aware she had a 'Dissociative Identity' - a personality disorder - and a 'history of previous satanic ritual abuse' before making a record of it in his notes.

Awakame, who worked in various hospitals in the NHS from 1997 to 2014, will be disciplined next month by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

He is currently working as a lecturer in 'health informatics' in his home country where he graduated in medicine in 1993.

He studied for a masters degree at the University College of London and a PhD at the University of Leeds.

In an email to the panel he said he had left clinical medicine and added: 'I consider all these proceedings flogging of a dead horse. But I understand the GMC has to go through the motions.'
He said he did not have the 'time or resources' to be involved in the proceedings.'

The situation kind of reminds me of those Yoruba movies where some doctors say "Ę te ese ile bó" translated "seek treatment traditionally." I think Dr. Akwame got his faith and practice mixed up here and may pay dearly for that grievous error.


Thursday, 21 January 2016

Fake LUTH Doctor Arrested

On Tuesday, police in Lagos, arrested a fake medical doctor, 43-year-old Adesina Opeyemi who had been practising for three years with seven forged medical certificates.

The suspect, a resident of 1, Alowolodu Street, Alapere, Ketu, was said to have claimed to be a consultant Gynaecologist at LUTH and paid N100,000 to buy the certificates.

Adesina was arrested after his landlord, identified only as Akorede, wrote a “save-my-soul” petition to the management of LUTH some weeks ago alleging that Adesina brought home female patients to treat in his house and did abortions for them, among other unwholesome practices which could implicate him (the landlord).

Akorede had further explained in the letter that when he confronted Adesina, the doctor allegedly claimed to be a consultant gynaecologist with LUTH, adding that he (Adesina) brought the referral cases from the hospital to his house so that he could have time to attend to them.

PUNCH Metro learnt that LUTH authorities, who could not find such name in the record of their consultants, forwarded the letter to the police, and Adesina was thereafter arrested.

The forged certificates include:  a fake MBBS certificate from the University of Ibadan, and a fake membership certificate of the Nigerian Medical Association.

Speaking with PUNCH Metro, Adesina said he paid N100,000 to one Kolawole in Ibadan, Oyo State, to get the certificates, adding that he had used them for only three years.

He added, “I forged them because I dropped out of the university. I was actually studying Medicine. However, I dropped out in the 500 level due to financial reasons.

“I married my wife about five years ago. She thought I was a certified doctor. She actually came to me for treatment in the Ketu area and that was how we met. We have a child.”

It was gathered that at the completion of investigation, Alakara Police Station under the supervision of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) Adebisi Lateef moved in and arrested the suspect.

The Command’s spokesperson, Oladapo Badmos, an SP, said seven forged documents were recovered from the suspect, and he would be charged to court for impersonation.


Lassa Fever: Death Toll May Hit 1000

The Federal Government has warned that the current outbreak of Lassa fever could kill 1,000 Nigerians, adding that it has spread to 17 states in the country, with Edo, Rivers, Nasarawa and Taraba States, Bauchi, Kano and Niger States identified as hotspots of the virus.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, stated this at the emergency National Council on Health (NCH) meeting with Commissioners for Health from all the states of the federation and other stakeholders in the health sector in Abuja on Tuesday.

According to the minister, “There is a high level of denial and a conspiracy of silence in some of our states. I think people take delight in saying we have no case and to me that is not the issue.

“In fact, if you are able to pick suspicious cases, to me that is the issue because that goes to tell us that the surveillance system is at work.

Adewole ominously cautioned that Nigeria might witness about 3,000 cases and 1,000 deaths if nothing was done to curb the current spread of the virus.

He also warned against the traditional habit of drying grains and other food items on road pavements, adding that food items might become contaminated by rats, transmitters of the disease.

The objective of the meeting, according to the minister, was aimed at facilitating discussions on the control of the Lassa fever outbreak, and developing strategies for prevention and management of all cases in Nigeria, among others.

Adewole told the gathering that so far the Lassa fever virus had spread to 64 local governments areas in 17 states, with the country recording 212 suspected cases.


Zika Virus Continues to Spread in the Americas

Zika virus, the mosquito-borne virus that causes microcephaly is rapidly spreading in Brazil. As at January 16, the tally of babies with unusually small heads (microcephaly) had increased to 3893 babies.

On Tuesday, the Fiocruz biomedical centre in Curitiba announced it found the Zika virus in the placenta of a woman who had a miscarriage, proving the virus can reach the foetus. Until now, researchers had only found Zika in the amniotic fluid of two pregnant women.

The Zika virus is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is also known to carry the dengue, yellow fever and Chikungunya viruses. Health experts are unsure why the virus detected in Africa in 1947 but unknown in the Americas until last year is spreading so rapidly in Brazil and neighbouring countries.

In Colombia, which has the second highest Zika infection rate after Brazil, the government is advising women to delay becoming pregnant for six to eight months to avoid the risk.

I sincerely hope this virus does not get to Nigeria!

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Yay! Another Episode of Health Then More

Hello everyone, the third episode of my vlog is out and I hope you'll watch it.

I talked about Lassa fever, the prevalent illness in Nigeria at the moment as well as other interesting news. Please pardon some of my language in

The video below:

Lassa Fever: Another Doctor Dies In Osun State

Residents of Osun State were in panic mode yesterday after rumours that a doctor at Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex (OAUTH), Ile Ife died from Lassa fever.

A source at the hospital said, “The doctor just returned from Ondo State and he became ill. He was admitted on Sunday and he died on Monday.  I was told that he showed symptoms similar to Lassa fever."

“The hospital has started contact tracking and some of the nurses and workers have been placed under observation.”

The chairman of a committee set up by the OAUTHC on Lassa fever, Prof. Adedeji Onayade, when contacted on the telephone by PUNCH said although a resident doctor died, the hospital was yet to confirm if he died of Lassa fever.

The Chairman of Osun State Association of Medical and Dental Officers, Dr. Isiaka Adekunle,  when contacted on the telephone said  the association  would suspend its  strike in case of an outbreak of disease.

Adekunle said, despite the strike, the OSAMDO still allowed some of its members in surveillance unit, HIV and other units work unhindered.

This Lassa fever outbreak is really getting out of hand!


Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Lassa Fever Patient Absconds From Hospital

Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole has announced the escape of a Lassa fever patient in Ebonyi state today.

The patient, whose identity was not made public, it was learnt escaped from the health facility where he was receiving treatment.

The minister made the disclosure during the emergency meeting of National Council on Health in Abuja. The National Council on Health is the highest advisory body on health in the country.

The minister while the meeting was on announced to the entire gathering that he just received a text
that a Lassa fever patient had escaped from a health facility in Ebonyi while undergoing treatment.

The minister therefore urged the relevant agency and the state government to do everything possible to trace the patient and those who might have had contact with the patient.

He called on all the States to strengthen their surveillance systems, report all cases and collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Health in the successful implementation of the Multi-Sectoral Response Strategy.


Five Die From Measles in Oyo State

Five persons in Oyo state have died from measles, prompting the emergency vaccination of children today, January 19.

An anonymous source said all the deaths were recorded in Sabo area of Ibadan, where many citizens from the northern part of the state reside.

In view of the recent fatalities, the state government wisely moved the immunization schedule up from the initially scheduled dates- January 28 and February 1, 2016 to January 19 to prevent more deaths.

The source said, “The state Ministry of Health will begin vaccination against measles on January 19, 2016, instead of the earlier scheduled date of January 28, 2016. This is informed by the death of five people because of the disease. The state is committed to safeguarding the lives of the citizens, which informed the directive to begin the vaccination ahead of time.”

The State's Chief Health Educator, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Olawoyin, had earlier said that the exercise would target children from nine months to 59 months and that thousands of children would be given the vaccine.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease and it is a leading cause of death in children under 5 years worldwide.

It is spread by coughing and sneezing, close personal contact or direct contact with infected nasal or throat secretions.

You can protect your child from measles with the measles vaccine, which is available in most health centres nationwide.

If your child has any of these symptoms: fever, catarrh, cough, red and watery eyes, and small white spots inside the cheeks, it is very important that you take them quickly to hospital for treatment.

There is no need to wait for the characteristic measles rash to appear because it takes several days to start.


Monday, 18 January 2016

Lassa Fever Spreads To Ekiti State

A female student nurse at the Federal Teaching Hospital (FETHI) Ido Ekiti, Ekiti State over the weekend tested positive for the dreaded Lassa Fever infection.

The Commissioner for Health, Dr Olurotimi Ojo, who disclosed the first case of the infection in the state on Monday at the Stakeholders meeting on Lassa Fever, said the patient is currently in isolation at the hospital, while efforts were being made by experts to ensure she survives.

Dr Ojo, said the patient was initially treated for Malaria and Typhoid fever with high profile antibiotics, but when she did not respond to treatment, the suspicion of infection with the Lassa virus arose, which she tested positive to.

He added that the situation is being curtailed with efforts from the State government in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and World Health Organisation (WHO), through the office of the national centre for disease control.

“The governor is also embarking on public and town-to-town sensitization about Lassa fever through the airing of jingles on the state broadcasting corporation and distribution of IEC (information, education and communication) materials to the people.”

He advised the people of the state to take precautionary measures and refrain from taking risks that can lead to the contact or spread of the disease.

Goal-Keeper Stabbed To Death in Lagos Over N500

A 21-year-old footballer, Samuel Owawu, has been stabbed to death by a suspect, Adebayo Hammed, in the Ifako Ijaiye area of Lagos State, while jogging.

PUNCH Metro learnt that Owawu, a goalkeeper for Ifako Ijaiye United (FKJ United), was allegedly attacked by a gang led by Hammed, aka Eiye, on Friday because the footballer reportedly refused to give them money.

Owawu, who hailed from the Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State, was planning to travel to Europe for a football trial in a few weeks’ time.

It was learnt that around 7am, while Owawu was preparing to go out for jogging, Hammed and two hoodlums, whose names had yet to be ascertained, had come to the deceased’s apartment on Eyiowuawi Street, and had demanded a sum of N500 from him before he could jog in the area.

The deceased was said to have given them N500 before they left his house.

Our correspondent gathered that Owawu left the house after some minutes, and started his usual morning jogging in the area.

When the goalkeeper got to Ashiarobi Street, Hammed and the two others allegedly met him and demanded more money from the footballer.

An argument was said to have ensued between the parties, during which Owawu was stabbed. The hoodlums reportedly fled the scene.

Residents, who witnessed the attack, were said to have rushed the footballer to a general hospital in Iju where he died.

Our correspondent gathered that the matter was reported at the Pen Cinema Police Division and Hammed was arrested, while the other two were still at large.


Bird Flu In Plateau State

The Plateau State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs. Linda Barau, has confirmed the outbreak of bird flu in the state.

She revealed that four farms were affected and thousands of birds isolated. Farmers in the state have also been advised to put measures in place to avoid the spread of the disease.

The commissioner said the state’s department of veterinary services will liaise with farmers, although there is no need to panic.

Brazilian model dies after cosmetic procedure

A Brazilian model who was a finalist in a national beauty contest died of a heart attack hours after undergoing a cosmetic procedure to remove wrinkles, the pageant said Thursday.

Raquel dos Santos, 28, died Monday in a suburb of Rio de Janeiro after receiving an acid injection in her face from a doctor who did not specialize in cosmetic surgery, Brazilian media reports said.

Her husband said that shortly after the procedure, she complained of an accelerated heart rate and shortness of breath.

The doctor, Wagner Moraes, denied responsibility for her death, telling newspaper O Globo that Dos Santos was a "ticking time bomb" because she was taking an anabolic steroid designed for horses and was a chain smoker.

Despite not having a cosmetic surgery license, he said, "in the past two years I've performed this procedure on 2,000 women and there's never been a problem, it has only made them more beautiful."

The procedure involves injecting the patient with one milliliter of hyaluronic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in the human body and plays a role in skin repair.

Dos Santos, who had two children aged seven and 13, was the contestant for Mato Grosso state in the 2015 Muse of Brazil pageant.

Brazil has the second highest number of cosmetic surgical operations per year after the United States -- more than 700,000 in 2014, according to the Brazilian Plastic Surgery Society.

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Health Workers Warn Against Drinking Garri

On Saturday, the Medical and Health Workers Union, Lagos State Council, announced that they will be embarking on a public enlightenment program to discourage the consumption of soaked garri in Lagos to prevent the further spread Lassa Fever.

Mr Razak Adeofalade, Chairman of the union said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

According to him, house rats that cause Lassa Fever usually come in contact with Nigeria's staple food, garri and it is better for cassava flour (garri) to be utilised for 'Eba',’ because of the use of hot water.

He added: "We will also be telling them to ensure that their fruits and raw vegetables are properly washed if they must be consumed raw and cooked to the appropriate temperature."

“We will also be telling them to ensure that their fruits and raw vegetables are properly washed if they must be consumed raw and cook to the appropriate temperature.

“The whole essence is to enlighten our people because education carries a lot of weight in this whole activity,’’ he said.

An example of closed containers you can use to store garri and other grains

Saturday, 16 January 2016

ARD LUTH Elect New President

A cardiologist, Dr Akinkunmi Afolabi, has been elected President of the Association of Resident Doctors of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, (ARD-LUTH), Idi-Araba, Lagos

Expressing his appreciation to members for giving him the mandate, the new ARD president said his administration would ensure the improvement of the welfare of all resident doctors in the tertiary institution.

“We are about 700 doctors here and I plan to having a fitness centre during my tenure, where people can come to relax, interact and that will build the culture of exercise among members of ARD because that’s what we preach but sometimes, the avenues to exercise are not available.”

Dr Afolabi is deputised by a Paediatrician, Dr Ayodele Renner while the Secretary General is Dr Alabi Basit in the Surgery department of the hospital.

Afolabi studied Medicine and Surgery at the University of Ibadan (UI). He did his housemanship at the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta and had his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Kaduna where he served at a private healthcare centre. From there, he worked at the Federal Medical Centre, Keffi before moving to LUTH as a resident doctor in 2012.

No Case Of Lassa In LASUTH - CMD

Dr Wale Oke, Chief Medical Director (CMD), Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, says there is no reported case of Lassa fever at the hospital.

Oke made the clarification on Friday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

The CMD was reacting to the rumour making the rounds that some health workers at the hospital took to their heels when a suspected Lassa fever patient was brought to the hospital.

"I am here to say categorically that nothing like that happened.

"As we speak, there has been no reported case of Lassa fever in Lagos State and there is nobody in our casualty or anybody brought to our casualty ward that we refuse to see.

"And we do not have anybody who has Lassa fever. We have, however, one or two patients who bleed for other reasons.

"A patient had a bleeding from the nose which is called epistaxis; that can be caused by a lot of things, including hypertension.

"The other patient just had suspected meningitis and they are in the hospital, they are being well attended to and they are improving,’’ he said.

The director said that the hospital had put a system in place in collaboration with the state Ministry of  Unit of the hospital, said: "We do not run away from patients. This place is a tertiary hospital and we know what to do with all our patients.

"The case of a suspected Lassa fever patient that was brought to the hospital was attended to by our doctors and nurses.

"The patient was reviewed by a consultant physician and was also reviewed by the hospital’s clinical microbiologist.

"And right now, the patient is in the ward; he is stable and is doing well."

Friday, 15 January 2016

Governor Okorocha Appoints a Lawyer as Minister of Health

In a classic case of ‘question not my decision’, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has sworn-in thirteen commissioners with a lawyer, Mrs. Ngozi Njoku emerging as the commissioner of Health.

Mrs. Njoku, a former commissioner for women affairs in the state, is the current director-general of Imo Foundation. She would also oversee the ministry of women affairs which has been merged with that of health.

It was gathered that the governor decided to merge the Ministry of Health with that of Women Affairs after concessioning the hospitals and community health centres owned by the state government.

Governor Okorocha, who presided at the swearing in ceremony of the new commissioners, said that the assigning of portfolios was done to put square pegs in square holes, describing that the new commissioners as the bridge between the old and the new generation politicians in the state.

I can't help but laugh out loud!


Suspected Death From Ebola In Sierra-Leone

A woman in Sierra Leone may have died from Ebola, officials said Thursday, just hours after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to an epidemic of the disease.

The female student took ill in the northern village of Bamoi Luma near the Guinean border and died soon after, with an initial swab testing positive for Ebola, a senior health ministry official told AFP.

"Complete findings will be made known to the public by tomorrow (Friday)," he said, adding that further tests were under way.

Catholic Hospital Allowed To Deny Sterilization Surgery

It's the time of secular freedom where everyone has the right to do whatever they want with their bodies; but this time, it's a win for the church.

33 year old mother-of-two, Rebecca Chamorro, sued a California Catholic hospital hospital last year after the hospital turned down her request for sterilization with a letter saying the operation violated the “ethical and religious directives” that govern Catholic hospitals.

However, in a tentative ruling on Wednesday, a San Francisco judge allowed the hospital, Mercy Medical, to deny Chamorro's request for the sterilization procedure known as tubal ligation.

Chamorro had planned to get the procedure done immediately following her scheduled caesarean section on Jan. 28 because she and her husband did not want more children.

Superior Court Judge Ernest Goldsmith said in his decision that Rebecca Chamorro could get the procedure at another hospital, and that Mercy Medical Center's policy against sterilization on religious ground also applies to men.

The lawsuit by Chamorro is part of a growing list of lawsuits against Catholic hospitals by displeased patients who say the hospital's policy is discriminatory and detrimental to the health of patients.

Somehow, I see this sterilization case going to the Supreme court and as usual, I doubt the church will win; but let's see how it goes.

NMA Warns Doctors Against Osun State Job Offers

The Osun State branch of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) on Wednesday said doctors should not respond to the advertorial placed in newspapers by the state government for medical officers.

The state Chairman of the NMA, Dr. Suraj Ogunyemi, said any doctor who applied for the advertised positions would be penalized accordingly.

Osun state NMA have also instituted legal action against the state government at the Industrial court and are awaiting court proceedings.

The bone of contention is the payment of only half salaries by Gov. Aregbesola due to the state's poor finances. And inspite of the threat of termination of their appointments, doctors in the state's employ have bravely refused to return to work since September last year saying, "they won’t agree to receiving half salaries, because there is no half treatment; it is either you treat your patients or you don’t."

I feel it's about time the Minister of Health, Prof. Adewole brokers peace between the two parties because this issue is dragging on for too long!

Thursday, 14 January 2016

WHO Declares Ebola Outbreak Over (+ Bye-Bye Ebola Video)

On Thursday, the two-year Ebola epidemic that killed 11,000 and triggered a global health alert was declared over, when Liberia the last country was declared Ebola-free.

Although this calls for celebration, many health officials remain sceptical about future Ebola outbreaks.

Rick Brennan, the World Health Organization's chief of emergency risk management, told reporters in Geneva that "the job is still not done", pointing out that there had already been 10 small flare-ups because of the persistance of the virus in survivors.

Also, UN chief Ban Ki-moon warned West Africa can expect sporadic cases in the coming year but added "we also expect the potential and frequency of those flare-ups to decrease over time".

In Monrovia, where locals have become accustomed to good news on Ebola being followed by setbacks, there was no official programme of celebration.

Hopefully, there'll be a real vaccine soonest to stem future outbreaks and just in case you missed it, watch the hilarious Bye-Bye Ebola video below by Sierra-Leonans below:

Medical Doctor Dies From Lassa Fever in Rivers State

A medical Doctor in Rivers state, Dr. Ehivai Njamala died today, January 14 from Lassa fever.

The doctor worked at Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital (BMSH) in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital.

According to the Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) in the state, Dr. Duro Green, the deceased contracted the disease while treating some patients with the virus at the Disease Control unit in the hospital.

Dr Njamala will be the third person to have died from the viral disease since it broke out in the state in December 2015.

With this disease spreading at an alarming rate, it is very important for us all to be on guard to prevent getting infected.

8 ways to prevent Lassa fever (the last 4 are for health workers):

1. Close all doors and openings to prevent rodents from entering your house.

2. Store grain and other foodstuffs in rodent-proof containers to prevent rats from coming in contact with your food.

3. Dispose garbage far from your home.

4. Maintain a clean environment.

5. Be careful to avoid contact with blood and body fluids while caring for sick persons.

6. Health workers should maintain basic hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, use of personal protective equipment (to block splashes or other contact with infected materials), safe injection practices and safe burial practices.

7. Health workers caring for patients with suspected or confirmed Lassa fever should apply extra infection control measures to prevent contact with the patient’s blood and body fluids and contaminated surfaces or materials such as clothing and bedding.

8. When in close contact (within 1 metre) of patients with Lassa fever, health-care workers should wear face protection (a face shield or a medical mask and goggles), a clean, non-sterile long-sleeved gown, and gloves (sterile gloves for some procedures).

Stay safe and healthy!

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Junior Doctor Makes Adele's "Hello" A Hilarious Strike Song

Yesterday, junior doctors in the UK took to the streets as early as 8am to protest an unfair contract that affected their pay and work conditions.

Like Nigerian doctors, they carried placards and stood on the street to make their stand on the new contract proposed by the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt.

Under the new contract, some junior doctors will face a pay cut of up to 30% combined with longer days and more unsociable hours.

Also, Saturday will be classed as a normal working day (7am - 10pm) and pay will no longer match the experience junior doctors’ gain through their training. In addition, doctors will be financially penalised if they take time out to have a baby, go part time, or do research.

According to the Health Secretary, the new contract was created to reduce the number of deaths that occur in hospitals during weekends when few doctors are available. However, junior doctors are saying this is unacceptable because they have a right to a personal life and working on weekends can never be the same as working on a week day.

In an attempt to create humour out of the situation, Mikey Warren, a junior doctor released a hilarious parody of Adele's Hello to publicize the strike action. Click here to watch the video

This is the first strike in over 40 years of the NHS and it's based on work conditions and salaries. Pretty much like strikes by Nigerian doctors.

Clearly, the Hippocrates oath sworn by doctors worldwide will always be affected when poor/no pay is involved--so Nigerian doctors are not selfish.

Rivers State NMA Threaten Strike Over Abduction of Doctors

Members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Rivers State Chapter have expressed their anger at the spate of kidnapping of doctors in the state and have threatened to go on strike if their kidnapped members are not released within 48hrs.

The two doctors in question, Dr. Isaac Opurum and Dr. Ib Aprioku, were abducted by gunmen on separate occasions.

Dr Opurum, the Director, Community House Services, Rivers State Primary Healthcare Board was abducted at about 3am from his Port Harcourt residence by hoodlums who forced their way into his inner room, while Dr. Aprioku, who works with the Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital, was kidnapped on her way to church on Sunday.

According to reports, armed bandits waited for her around the church before she was kidnapped, even as her children were abandoned in her vehicle.

Dr. Furo Green, the State's NMA Chairman, has condemned the increasing level of kidnapping in the state, adding that most of the abductions were targeted at doctors and this has put fear in the minds of doctors in the state.

He pointed out that some members of the families of the victims, who paid ransoms for their kidnapped relatives to regain freedom had yet to repay the money borrowed to pay ransom several months after.

When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ahmad Mohammad, said investigation had begun into the two incidents with a view to ensuring the release of the victims and arresting the culprits behind the dastardly act.

It's about time security in this country gets serious attention---the crime rate is becoming alarming!


Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Beyonce and New Pregnancy Rumours

Is Beyonce pregnant? It's pretty much possible, going by her looks in this bulky coat she stepped out in on Sunday night.

The singer's appearance rekindled pregnancy rumours after she was spotted in West Hollywood with her husband Jay Z.

She was pictured in an oversize army green jacket which was design-splattered with paint, worn over a black dress with a thigh-high split that showed plenty of leg. Her hair was also in a messy pile.

Bey and Jay had dinner at Son Of A Gun before making the rounds at the Golden Globes after parties, but there were no reports confirming or denying the singer sipped any alcohol while out on the town.

Since Beyonce hasn't made any formal announcement, I'll hold my congratulations.

UNILAG Students' Protest Yields Results

Last year, students from the University of Lagos held a massive protest over the poor living conditions in their hostels.

They complained about the invasion of bedbugs in their halls of residence and displayed their tattered mattresses at the main gate and on the billboards located in the institution.
Picture from the protest
Apparently, the protest has yielded the much expected result---the school's management bought new mattresses to replace the infested ones and the fumigation of the hostels is ongoing.

However, the students that led the protest have been summoned and they may face disciplinary actions for publicly ridiculing the school.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Yemen Hit by Projectile, at Least Four Dead

A hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Yemen has been hit by a rocket killing at least four people, the charity says. 

The incident on Sunday in the northern governorate of Saada near the Saudi Arabian border also left another 10 people injured, the group said.

In a series of tweets, MSF said it was the third "serious incident" in as many months affecting its facilities in the country.

"We strongly condemn this and we reiterate to all parties to the conflict that patients & medical facilities must be respected," a statement by MSF on Twitter said about the incident in the town of Razeh.

The organisation did not say who was behind the attack, but that "planes were seen flying over the facility at the time".

Yemen is currently facing a humanitarian crisis brought on by the war between the Houthis and pro-government forces.

The conflict has killed almost 6,000 people so far according to the UN.

Shina Peters' wife returns to Nigeria after beating cancer .

Sammie Peters, wife of Afro Juju creator, Sir Shina Peters, is back in the country after spending over two years in the USA where she was undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. She landed on Thursday, the 7th of Jan. 2015 in the company of Sir Shina Peters and the only son they have together, Clinton.

In a telephone convo with E24-7 Magazine, last night, she said: “My God took control. He reversed my ugly situations and made me beautiful again. To God I give adoration and honor. It is only God that I will serve because He has made me whole again."

Earlier, Sir Shina Peters had said: "I’m overwhelmed with joy that I returned to Nigeria with my wife, full of life. It is a great feeling, my brother. Sammie has been a great supporter, an amiable, loving wife and mother of my children."

He added, "she does not deserve such a dark moment in her life. I must confess to you that since we resigned our faith to God, He took control and the result is a hale and hearty Sammie."

Sammie returned barely four days to her 56th birthday.

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Airforce Officer Batters Nurse, Provokes Strike Action

The National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives, Delta State University Teaching Hospital Oghara Delta have embarked on an indefinite strike over the assault and battery of a nurse (name witheld).

The assault is reported to have taken place on the 5th of January 2016 and was carried out by a Nigerian Airforce Officer named Ovie Doghro.

Reportedly, Ovie Doghro beat up the nurse in the male medical ward where Mr Ovie's Father was admitted to the extent of stripping her naked.

Some nurses who witnessed the attack, reported that his fathers condition was poor and fragile and the patient's relatives had been counselled by the hospital's CMAC to prepare for the inevitable.

On the 5th, after the nurse resumed her shift, she visited the patient and on seeing his condition called for help from other nurses and requested all family members to depart the room including Mr Ovie, who resisted the request but in the end left the room.

Unfortunately the patient passed away despite attempts to resuscitate him. The time of death was called and the family informed.

Mr Ovie was reported to have flown into a rage and attacked the nurse on the spot from behind, punching and tearing up her uniform. Other nurses, some patients and their relatives attempted to stop his attack on her which continued till he was held down by the crowd and the nurse rescued.

NANNM DELSUTH in a memo to the hospitals management before embarking on this strike action have demanded for the following:

1. The arrest of the assailant Mr Ovie Doghro and his prosecution in the court of law
2. An apology letter to the nurse from Mr Ovie
3. Payment of restitution and for injuries and damages to the nurse
4. The provision of protection & security to the hospital by its management to prevent such futher occurences

The indefinite strike action kicked off at midnight on January 8, 2016.


Nigerian doctor opens her own emergency room in USA

Foyekemi Ikyaator, a 31-year-old wife, mother and an emergency room (ER) doctor, has opened up a stand alone full service emergency room, Life Savers Emergency Room, in Houston, TX. A Nigerian native, Foye was practically raised in the U.S and she received her education on a full academic scholarship. .

She studied at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and completed her residency in Emergency Medicine at the Emory School of Medicine and Public Health, in Atlanta GA. She then moved to Houston TX. where she gained extensive experience.

Last year, she decided it was time to do what she wanted to do, so in In December 2015, she and her husband opened up a stand alone full service emergency room. A self-proclaimed human rights proponent, the silver lining of Foye is simply helping people.

She says, “In the emergency room you can see between 20 and 30 patients within a shift and there is just enough time to treat them and get them to their next point of care.” Her goal is to provide swift and efficient health care for patients as well as a less bureaucratic work environment for medical professionals.


(Video) Russian Doctor Punches Patient To Death

This shocking surveillance footage shows a Russian doctor, Ilya Zelendinov, punching a patient to death in a hospital.

The Dec. 29 video, pulled from a hospital in Belgorod, shows the doctor pulling a 56 year old patient, Tevgeny Bakhtin off an exam table and pushing him into another room.

The patient had kicked a nurse earlier in the day, so when Zelendinov confronts him, he demands, “Why did you touch the nurse?”

A second man in a black coat tries to interfere and the surgeon, who Russian media have dubbed “the boxer doctor,” hauls off and beats him in a corner.

Belgorod’s Investigative Committee issued a statement Saturday saying that the cause of death was “trauma to the skull and brain from hitting the back of the head on the hard surface of the floor.”

The doctor has been fired from his job and could face up to two years in prison on account of causing death through negligence.

I must say the doctor fought like he had professional training. Haba!

Saturday, 9 January 2016

The Agony of Unemployed Medical Graduates

I'd like to share an insightful post on the plight of newly graduated medical doctors in Nigeria with you.

The article was written by KenKesh on Nairaland and I could not help but agree with many of the points raised in his article. See what he wrote below:

"It is no longer news to the world and especially to Nigerians, the rate and vigour with which corruption in its different forms has invaded every facet of Nigeria's institutions. It seems to have become part of the genetic composition of most Nigerians if not all.

An aspect that inevitably affect youth development and empowerment is worth discussing taking the medical sector which plays a critical role in nation building and economic development:

1) Collection of mandatory levy from applicants --- this usually happens before the submission of applications for job interview, jobs that the applicant is not sure he/she will get.

While the present government is planning to alleviate poverty by paying the unemployed youth some token for their upkeep, these employers - so called government workers and heads of institutions - set up their own wicked strategies to impoverish these unemployed teeming number of medical and health graduates by collecting huge sums from them before allowing them to sit for job interviews.This is so common most especially among the teaching hospitals in the western and south-eastern part of the country.

Just last year(2015), UCTH and UPTH collected N5000 from newly graduated doctors for their interview. The same year UNILORIN Teaching Hospital collected the same amount for the same reason of job interview, LASUTH charged the same amount. Many other hospitals did the same.

Currently, Ekiti State Teaching Hospital is collecting N5000 (being the price of the application form) from these newly graduated medical doctors. Bear in mind that these fresh doctors have to do their one year mandatory internship programme. They have temporary licences and must do this within a limited time. They are entirely on their own and must compete with one another and with doctors trained abroad for the few placements available in the qualified hospitals.

These graduates will not only pay the mandatory fee, but will also risk their lives transporting themselves to the various venues of these interviews, lodge in hotels and cater for themselves etc. Where will they get funds and supports from knowing fully well that they are yet to start work, implying that the burden still falls back to their parents and guardians who must have spent enormously in seeing them through medical school. Why do these MDs and CMDs, want to further impoverish the already poor young graduates before giving them their rightful placements? Is it what the Federal Government asked them to do? These question demand urgent answers!

2) The epidemic of I.M (ima mmadu OR to know somebody) in Nigerian employment system:

Merit is no longer recognised in the Nigerian employment system. After paying a heavy application fee, working hard to pass an the interview, you still are not sure of getting the job unless you know somebody or somebody who know somebody within the institution who can secure the job for you. For example, how can the best graduating students of reputable colleges of medicine go for interview at institutions different from their alma mater & not even one of the best ten graduating students get placements. You have to know some body before you can get a job. Those that don't know any body are automatically hopeless.

How can you explain the fact that someone re-sitting his final exams (ie he has not yet graduated, has no license and can not apply for internship) nevertheless participates in the job interview organized by his alma mater and gets a placement ahead of those that have graduated.

The situation is really discouraging hard work among youths, since hard work is no longer recognised. NAUTH has been delaying the list of succesful candidates, presumably because of the same reasons.

3) Buying of placements:
Here, the employer will collect application fees, conduct interviews, cast all the result of the interview into the waste paper basket and then commence the phase of auctioning the placements. Huge sums are unofficially/covertly collected from the employees before employing them. In UNTH and ESUTH, many have had to pay at least N150,000 and above before they could get housemanship . Is this part of the Youth Empowerment Programme?

4) Ghost workers in Nigerian employment system:

This particularly refers to a situation where an institution accredited and financially equipped to employ for instance 200 workers, decides to employ about 150. It then takes appropriate measures to secure the salary of the other 50 for the boss' pocket.

Ghost workers exist almost everywhere in Nigerian institutions. Take the case of UNTH that is budgeted to employ/train 180 house officers, but only employs about 120-125, with about less than half of them being their own graduants while the rest are abroad-trained doctors who heavily lobbied themselves into the system.

This creates artificial scarcity of jobs, making it difficult and impossible for all the graduates to promptly do their mandatory one year internships. Just as happens during artificial fuel scarcity, these wicked MDs and CMDs enrich themselves grossly from these situations.

Another phenomenon probably unique to medical internships is the possibility of doing the internship more than once. The salary is attractive and there is lack of nationally centralized control over the internship programme. With the appropriate corrupt means at the individual's disposal, he/she can get a fresh placement in a different hospital and can do multiple internships. This obviously denies fresh graduates their rightful placements.

It is clear that our senior colleagues, our leaders, our fathers and our elders in privileged positions are the very ones frustrating the youths of this country.

What is happening in the medical sector is pitiable! The role of our CMDs is scandalous! The practice of young interns who block their unemployed colleagues from getting slots by doing internship over and over again to make more money is totally wicked and punishable by Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria(MDCN). The silence of MDCN on the ongoing mess is the height of negligence of duty to protect the profession from ridicule! Finally, the inability of young medical graduates to articulate their experiences and speak out to the authorities is an act of timidity. Evil thrives when good men fail to speak up! I just weep for our corrupt generation.

Let this serve as a clarion call to all individuals and agencies capable and responsible for looking into matters such as these to come to our rescue.

Thanks. God bless Nigeria

Facebook Founder, Mark Zuckerberg Criticized For Vaccinating His Daughter

On Friday, billionaire Facebook founder shared a cute picture of himself and his dolled-up daughter, saying, “Doctor's visit -- time for vaccines!”

Within hours, his post received more than 650,000 likes, as well as more than 20,000 comments debating the importance of vaccinating one’s children.

While many people posted comments supporting Zuckerberg's decision to vaccinate his child, some anti-vaxxers criticized him for exposing his baby to the "dangers" of vaccination.

“What kind of parent are you? Putting life saving chemicles (sic) in that baby! You'd think you loved her or something. Nonsense! Her natural baby tolerance and resistance is all she needs to fight crippling polio and life ravaging tuberculosis!” one tongue-in-cheek post read.

“What a little cutie!! Thanks for taking care of your baby (and other peoples' babies!),” said another.

“Why would you subject your wee little one to vaccines?!? I know your wife is a pediatrician but did you do your research on vaccines? I've seen, first hand the results of vaccines and it isn't worth it! Btw, I'm a retired R.N.,” one woman said.

One poster said that the tech entrepreneur with a net worth of more than $40 billion was profiting from sharing the cute picture of his daughter.

Anti-vaxxers stubbornly maintain that ingredients in vaccines may put children at risk of developing autism, despite the Centers for Disease Control and other health officials denying any such link.

As for me, I'm for vaccination and will remain so.

Friday, 8 January 2016

40 People Confirmed Dead From Lassa Fever

Forty people have died in Nigeria in a suspected outbreak of Lassa fever in 10 states across the country, Health Minister Isaac Adewole said Friday.

“The total number (of suspected cases) reported is 86 and 40 deaths, with a mortality rate of 43.2 percent,” Adewole told a news conference in the capital, Abuja.

The minister said that so far, laboratory tests have confirmed that 22 of the 86 suspected cases were Lassa fever and results were expected on the remainder.

Seven of the affected states are in the north — Bauchi, Nasarawa, Niger, Taraba, Kano, Plateau and Gombe — while the remaining three are in the south — Rivers, Edo and Oyo — he added.

The first case of the disease was recorded last November in Bauchi state. Cases were then reported in Kano and elsewhere.

According to the WHO, Lassa fever is an acute haemorrhagic illness caused by a virus, which is endemic in rodents in west Africa. It is transmitted to humans by contact with food or household items contaminated with the animals’ faeces and urine.

Person-to-person contact is also possible through bodily fluids, particularly in hospitals when adequate infection control measures are not taken.

In the latest outbreak, the minister said “most of the cases that we recorded are not through person-to-person contact” but the number of deaths was “unusual”.

Source: Vanguard News

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